Jaculus (rodent)

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For the winged snake of mythology and medieval European heraldry, see Jaculus.
Temporal range: Middle Miocene - Recent
Jaculus orientalis Stuffed specimen 2.jpg
Jaculus orientalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dipodidae
Subfamily: Dipodinae
Tribe: Dipodini
Genus: Jaculus
Erxleben, 1777

Jaculus blanfordi
Jaculus jaculus
Jaculus orientalis

The genus Jaculus is a member of the Dipodinae subfamily of dipodoid rodents (jerboas). Jaculus species are distributed in desert and semi-arid regions across northern Africa, the Sahara, the Horn of Africa, Arabia, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Collectively, the species within the genus may be commonly referred to as "desert jerboas", although this more particularly applied to the lesser Egyptian jerboa (Jaculus jaculus).[1]


The following species are recognised for the genus Jaculus:


  1. ^ Myers et al. (2006).


  • Holden, M. E. and G. G. Musser. 2005. Family Dipodidae. Pp. 871-893 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.
  • Myers, P.; R. Espinosa; C. S. Parr; T. Jones; G. S. Hammond; T. A. Dewey (2006). "Genus Jaculus". The Animal Diversity Web (online). The Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved 2012-02-26.